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LIZ GALVANO'S TALKS ABOUT ITALY GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY


ABOUT AUTHOR: Liz Galvano has been writing since she was a little girl. Her stories combine old style adventure and romance with a dash of humor. She loves family, food, animals, and all things Italian. Liz lives with her husband Jeff, two rambunctious dogs, two entitled cats, and a horse who thinks she's a princess.










When did you first hear of the event that happened in Messina, Italy? What made you want to write about it?

Liz: I love, love history! I first read about the earthquake at Messina while digging through Italian history. I was so surprised. Why hadn’t I heard of it? This was the largest natural disaster of the 20th century, over 100 thousand people perished and yet no one knew about it. It was as if we’d forgotten about it. It was international news at the time, which in itself was amazing. The earthquake at Messina was a catalyst for so much, including Mercy Ships, modern triage and international travel of the American Red Cross. This was their first international undertaking. Many, many famous people at the time came to visit the ruins including Teddy Roosevelt and author Maude Howe, who penned a book on the subject. The people of this era were en-large, Christians and according to Maude Howe, acted on their faith to dig Messina out from tons of rubble. So many willingly laid their lives down in the process. This story needed to be brought forward again. I could talk all day about it! 

Nora: This was a pretty horrific situation. Your story really made me aware of all that first responders do to help people - often times putting their own lives in danger. They are unsung heroes.This story is placed in the 1800's. You brought another angle to this disaster in that it was unthinkable for a woman to be on the front line during this time because of all that she would be exposed to. Dr. James was a brave pioneer (I know she was fictional but many women paved the way for others to follow in their footsteps. Grin!)

What do you hope readers take away from Messina?

Liz: Several things. The first comes from the scripture reference at the beginning of the book; Romans 8:28 “And we know God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” No matter how horrible the circumstance, God will bring good out of it if you let him.

Next; exactly what it means to be a hero and Christian. A few years back a good many dear friends were reading a number over very yucky books. The main characters were very selfish and self-centered and yet the author portrayed them as heroes. Everyone seemed to be hooked; following as though their lived depended on it. So I started praying…and this thought occurred to me …What if God had a set of heroes? You know, a family of heroes, from an old family? Who would they be? How would the live? How would they die? They would be human, for sure with failures and misgivings. But what if?? What if there were one family who since the days of the Emperor Diocletian, served God in un-broken succession? What would God do with them? 
That’s how the Castello family came to be. They are heroes who live and die in absolute service to Christ. In Messina the reader is introduce to this family through the eyes of an American Doctor, Lucy James.  Lucy is ready to serve God no matter the circumstance. So is Giovanni, even though he is a prodigal and has yet to acknowledge his calling. Hopefully through the example of this family of people, we can, as is stated in the traditional marriage proposal of the House of Castello: ‘Willingly follow the footsteps of Christ even if it means certain death.” 

Nora: Your characters were believable and totally dedicated to do what God called them to do. They were also dedicated to helping others. They were not preachy but walked out their faith in a real situation.

What was your favorite scene in Messina?  Which was the most fun to write? Which was the hardest? Why?

There are many scenes that stand out. The dinner scenes, for example because they reflect how I was brought up. The scenes where Lucy proves herself or when Father Dominic soundly puts Giovanni in his place…but by far my favorite scene is the proposal…so very romantic…I’ll not say much about it because if you haven’t read it, you should.

Nora: I liked those scenes too!

The hardest scene to write, by far were the scenes where Lucy’s father, Henry acts like a bigot. I love my father to the moon and back, so to write about a dad who is less than noble was very hard.
Jessica Dotta

Can you tell me of two “Wow” moments you’ve had since your debut novel was published? What made it a wow for you?

Whenever a complete stranger tells me that they love my book. I’ll probably never get used to that. You liked Messina and that was definitely a wow moment! I guess I keep expecting someone to say, “That’s awful.” But so far, so good. And when someone of your caliber gives you the thumbs up…It makes me think that I should keep writing. However, most of the “wow’s” came from my husband and friends who have been so supportive. Especially when Author Jessica Dotta told me that I could write. I’ll always be grateful for her help along the way.

Nora: I'm a Jessica Dotta fan. I met her and Loved her books. She is an encourager!

What keeps you sane in the middle of craziness? Gives you hope in the middle of stress and Life’s storms? I’ve been through a lot. But hasn’t everyone?
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When life gets really insane, I tend to fall back on music and quiet moments with Jesus. Lucy’s prayer journal and Bible in her lap, well, that’s me. I’ve also learned to act positively when I want to give up. For instance, instead of spending all day moping on the couch, I’ll go play with the dogs or ride my horse, or just get outside in general. Physical activity really clears my head. My best inspirations have come at the beach or in the woods on a trail ride. For creative inspiration, I look to Lewis, Tolkien and Disney.  

Liz and Buzz

Nora: Thanks for all the pictures Liz. Your animals are precious.

What Events did you ADD to your story from your research? Which ones did you create to make the story line flow?

Liz: The events at Messina as a whole were left un-touched. Of course Lucy and Giovanni and all their friends are fictitious. Many of the stories incorporated into this tale were taken directly from actual people who lived and some who died; the man who lost his dog, but saved his family, for example. Or the poor betrothed woman who found her fiancé, but only his head. On the positive side, the American village and all the volunteers who actually came. I did have to stretch just a few things to move the story along. First, tremors from the earthquake we only felt as far north as Naples not Rome. But given the fact that the Castello’s also have a villa in Rome I let them have a tremor too. Second, I changed the actual size of the hospital tent. They we’re in reality a lot smaller. Third the dependability of the Italian rail road at the time. Though the subject is brought up in the next installment, Anna Lucia, I needed the train to be on time because Lucy was so sick. 

Nora: This was an unbelievable event to read about.

What are you passionate about that might surprise readers?

Liz: Umm…Young people…by that I mean anyone 30 or younger….esp gen x’rs. This generation has forgotten who God is. They seem to have no purpose except to live “in the moment.” If I could do any one thing it would be to pull these amazing youngsters who have so much to give, out of their cell phones and into a life of loving God and serving others. Only in these things is a person fulfilled. Only in these things will this generation find the peace they’re lacking.

You mention in your bio that you love everything Italian. I was raised in an Italian home too. I’m curious to know what your favorite Italian food is to eat? To make? Something you ate as a child you still eat today. What is your favorite thing about being an Italian?
Liz's Cannoli
Liz: My favorite food is whatever I’m making at the moment! LOL. I love family and eating together is such a part of our culture. The dinner scenes in Messina are a direct reflection of the family table that I grew up at. Great food made by loving hands plus the laughter and the horsing around all hidden behind a façade of good manners. The best part is the applause when you set a platter of whatever you’ve made on the table.

Nora: Fun! My favorite is Eggplant Parmesan! 

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play?

Gator
Liz: Cook and caretaker. I tend to adopt everyone. As a matter of fact, Jeff says if it stinks and needs a bath you’ll find it at our house. (neighborhood kids included)  At work it truly bothers me if someone goes without lunch.

Nora: Sounds like you'd be good at it.

A friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use if for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?

Liz: Outside of spending time with Jesus, I would flash back to the late 1950s and spend time with my dad. I’m a daddy’s girl all the way. I would love to see him in his prime. I miss him terribly. 

Nora: That sounds like a precious time.

What two jobs have you had that would surprise people? Do tell!  
Liz Golf Pro

Liz: I’ll give you three! I was a golf professional for many years and taught over 2000 students. I grew up in a golfing family.. My father was a professional and groomed all six of us kids to follow in his footsteps. My husband and I were Youth Ministers for a very long time. Gimme a van full of kids any day!  The third job was a disc jocky…back when there were actual disc’s, on Christian Radio in the 1980s. Fun, fun, fun…”This is WHME, South Bend…You’re positive alternative!” 

Nora: Wow, you've had some interesting jobs! Fun!

Out of all the sounds in the world which are your favorite?

Liz: I love life! So I love a LOT of sounds, babies laughing, my horse nickering when I get home, a dogs happy bark and my husband’s laugh…but I think my favorite is the wind blowing through the trees on a warm spring day. Nature totally does it for me. You can almost hear the voice of God. 

Nora: Fun! So many precious and fun sounds!

LIZ, ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS? 
Liz and Jeff
Liz: Thank you Nora for this opportunity and for introducing me to this amazing crowd of believers. Come to my face book page. Messina: book 1 The Casa Bella Chronicles, let’s be friends and take this journey together. There will be four more books to come and many more opportunities for romance! Many more opportunities to: do justice, love mercy and walk humbly before God. 

Nora: It’s a pleasure to meet you Liz. I appreciate you stopping by and helping us get to know you and debut novel. I learned so much from reading your story. I’m excited about the giveaway opportunity you’re offering. I can’t wait to read the answers to your fun questions you've come up with. 

TO ENTER DRAWING - ANSWER ONE of the QUESTIONS BELOW to be ENTERED. 

For an EXTRA BONUS entry Go to Book Fun Magazine and tell me the page number and the name of an article that has caught your eye in the magazine the MARCH ISSUE http://digital.turn-page.com/i/650217-march-2016-book-fun-magazine  

ANSWER ONE of the following questions. 

1.  Italians love their coffee. What's your go to coffee drink?
2. I love to read sitting on the couch, in my pajamas with the cat on my lap. What's your favorite place to read?
3.  What's your favorite pasta shape?

4. BONUS ENTRY – Go To http://digital.turn-page.com/i/650217-march-2016-book-fun-magazine  flip through the magazine and tell me the page number and name of article that catches your eye!

Nora :o)

CONGRATS TO SUSAN P. YOUR NAME WAS DRAWN! THANKS to everyone who commented. You all made the author feel welcome!

YOU ARE A BLESSING!

I'll keep you posted about the Next Drawing! Heading your way soon!

Nora :o)
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84 comments:

  1. Love Love Love Messina! I was privileged to already read an ecopy sent to me by Liz...and was sooo impressed. Can't wait for the next one in the series! Love the interview! Great questions and answers! Kind of fun to learn the behind the scenes of authors and how they do things :) I'm just an extreme avid reader...so it's fun to see what it takes to do it! Where do I like to read?! I could read most anywhere :) truly...always have my kindle or kindle app on me so I always have books. Down time consists of reading Anywhere:) Checked out the Book Fun Magazine and thought it was very interesting....although some of the pages wouldn't load for me...probably my internet. Anyway...I saw page 152...I've read several of Sylvia's books and actually didn't know that she had that many other books out there.

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    1. Hey!!! I didn't know how big this site was! I'm so super thrilled that you love Messina...I'm excited to see what you think of book two.

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  2. I love lattes with Hazelnut. It's my go to coffee drink.

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    1. I love hazelnut too!! Mostly I drink straight up espresso. It'll put hair on your chest! ;) Have you tried Nutella? It's soo good and mostly hazelnut.

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  3. This book sounds so good. Thank you for the chance to win.
    I love reading anywhere anytime, but if I must choose my favorite place is outside on my deck with the birds chirping.

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    1. Hi Lucy!! I love your name. Once you start reading Messina you'll met another Lucy. She was named after two people: My maternal grandmother and Lucy from the Chronicles of Narnia. I bet your deck is lovely!

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  4. Grrrr. I had my comment all ready to post but then somehow I lost it. Bummer. So I'll try again.
    I'm not a big fan of coffee, a social drinker, really, and only when my fav drink, chai tea latte, is not available. There is nothing like curling up with a hot chai and a good book.

    I love to read. I read everywhere whenever I can grab a moment, even if it's just for 30 seconds at a stoplight. But my very favorite place to read is snuggled under some patchwork quilts in my warm waterbed on a cold winter night. So cozy. Naturally, there are some books that I can't stop even when it's time, but I still love reading just before sleeping.
    I was captivated when I read the summary for Messina. I have become very interested in Italy and would love to visit someday, if our budget ever allows. I've even tried to pick up some Italian words. I enjoy hearing Andrea Bocelli singing in Italian (or any language for that matter). I am intrigued by Messina because it seems so original. I like the idea of taking an historical event that is not very well-known and using the facts along with fictitious characters to tell a story. I enjoy reading about First Responders and think it would be fascinating to hear about people helping people during that era of history.

    The article that really caught my eye in the March magazine is called "Convenient Compassion" by Cecil Murphy. I think it's on page 36. I really appreciate how the author shares his own weakness and vulnerability in the area of serving others when it's not always convenient. Someone once told me that ministry most often takes place in the interruptions. I've tried to remember this through my years of missionary and family life.

    I would love to read Messina, and I'm really excited to hear that there is already a book 2 in the works. Way to go, Liz!!

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    1. Ciao, Katarina!!! I'm so impressed that you're trying to pick up some Italian. There is quite a bit of Italian in Messina because I wanted the story to feel authentic. However there are so many dialects in Italy especially Sicily, that it would have been tiresome for the reader if I used them all. So I chose the formal Tuscan which is now the official language of Italy. I've actually included an index of words in the back of the book. Maybe that would help.

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  5. I like my coffee plain. Black with milk. That's it! This is a new author for me. Had never heard of her. Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy reading someone new. I have found the best books that way.

    The article that caught my eye was ride along by janice cantor pg 88. I have read several books by her also and really enjoyed them.

    amylsmithAT bledsoe DOT net

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    1. Hi Amy! It's good to meet you too. Coffee, milk no sugar?? Coming right up! ;)

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  6. I have a recliner in our family room that has a beautiful view if the outside world and a cozy view of our fireplace. I can enjoy the beauty of God's Creation, watch the flames as they cast their warmth and lose myself in a good book!

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    1. Nice!!!Connie your home sounds so inviting.

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  7. I read the review of Secrets of the Castle featured in Conny's Cubbies that begins on page 114.

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  8. My favorite flavor is caramel mocha but it's hard to drink it when I read in bed :)

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    1. I can't drink coffee in bed because I'd spill it!

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  9. She is a new author to me. Yay! I love to read sitting on my sofa with a cup of coffee flavored with hazelnut and vanilla creamer. When my dog cuddles up in my lap makes it even better.

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    1. Hi Karen! Nice to meet you!! Our dogs like to cuddle too. I love both hazelnut and vanilla.

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  10. My favorite place to read in on our deck with my Cairn Terrier at my side. If it gets too cold then we both read on our couch.
    It was hard to choose one item but I have to go with page
    74 ....Favorite Fiction Reads from 2015. I have printed the whole article for a reference for upcoming reads.
    Carol Smith. penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Hi, My own concoction of coffee, which includes Gingerbread Coffee, lots of creamer, and 2 scoops of Cappacino mix!
    Thanks, Cindi ☕️

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    1. Wow!!! you're a real chemist! Have you ever brewed your own espresso? A homemade cappuccino is half espresso and half milk. Super easy. And I have one every morning.

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  12. The Favorite Fiction Page was a lot of fun to read and get wonderful ideas.
    Merci, Cindi
    jchoppes@hotmail.com

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  13. I read in my La-Z-Boy recliner, with a dog on my lap!

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  14. Ciao, Liz,

    I am so excited to have discovered another Italian-American author who writes fiction set in Sicily! We must connect. :)

    I, too, have family roots in Sicily and the Italian mainland. My mother was born and raised in Naples.

    Many blessings on your writing, cara paesana! :) No need to enter me in the drawing. I just bought your book and look forward to reading it.

    FYI, my email address is maryann@maryanndiorio.com.


    Sending you a big Italian hug! :)

    MaryAnn

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    1. Mary Ann, piacere!!! Thank you so much for buying Messina. Yes, we do need to connect. I'll shoot an email to you.

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  15. I enjoyed the article about Austria. Page 216 My favorite place to read is my recliner with a nice warm blanket.

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    1. Love a recliner...but so does our lab, Jack. If I'm in it so is he..so no reading gets done.

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    2. I bet it would be hard to read with a dog that big in your lap.

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  16. My favorite go-to coffee? Usually just whatever is brewing at home, but if I'm at Starbucks, I love their Caramel Frappuccinos, if that counts. :)
    Favorite place to read--wherever it's comfortable and cozy, but also outdoors on a beautiful day.

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    1. I love home brew best too. Starbucks is good, but the pot on the stove...Mmmmm.. And yes Frappuccino count!!!

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  17. Me too!! Although, you know, if you ask for a latte in Italy, you'll get a glad of milk! LOL

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  18. I usually order the sugar free vanilla - because it's "healthy". LOL. If I had my way it would be a caramel macchiatto!!

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    1. I love caramel!!! Sometimes you have to splerg!!!

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    2. Hi, Susan your name has been drawn. Could you please get back with your mailing address. My email address is norafindinghope@yahoo.com THANKS!! Congrats

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  19. I usually find many articles to like in the magazine each month, but one jumped out more with it's beautiful pictures calling to me. I liked the article My Journey to the top of Fear on page 66.

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  20. I don't drink coffee - I drink tea but I love French Vanilla tea! But since that is not coffee, my favorite place to read is on the beach - or on my sofa on a nice day with the windows open and my shoes off.

    And the page that jumped out at me was the Chaos at it's finest with the cassette tape pulled out of the case because I remember my daughter doing that to one of our tapes when she was a toddler! (I also loved the beautiful picture of the cross on page 12 which was part of an interview).

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    1. I'm a coffee girl, but I do love tea..and the beach. Which beach is your favorite?

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  21. I love bow tie pasta! It is so cute and yummy!

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    1. Bowtie pasta is my favorite too!! It's Italian name is Farfalle which means: butterflies. So they're really not bowties...they're butterflies. Mangia!!!

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  22. You'll find me reading a good book on my leather couch with my kitty at my knees. I also have a mug of green tea to keep me hydrated. Good taste and so healthy!

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    1. I loved the article "Writing With The Most High God" by Susan Goffard.

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    2. I usually have a mug of green tea in the afternoon for an energy boost. Good stuff. I read with my kitties too.

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  23. My favorite place to read is in front of my fireplace, sitting in my bean bag with my rainbow fleece blanket.

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    1. Sounds so comfy!! I'd love to see that fireplace!

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  24. I love my lattes. :)

    Convenient Compassion on page 36 really touched me and opened my eyes. Nothing like a good article to convict your heart.

    Also, the images in the magazine a great all around!

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    1. This is a great mag. istn' it? And latte's are delish!!

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  25. I love my lattes. :)

    Convenient Compassion on page 36 really touched me and opened my eyes. Nothing like a good article to convict your heart.

    Also, the images in the magazine a great all around!

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  26. I love to read laying on our couch with my fluffy blanket and my pj. With either a cat on/next to me or my husband sitting next to me.

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  27. My "go to" coffee drink is flavored or black coffee with flavored creamer. It's like dessert. And I know we're only supposed to answer one question, but my favorite place to read is curled up on the corner of the couch with my cat in my lap.

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    1. You can answer all of them as far as I'm concerned! I want to get to know this crowd! Seems there are a bunch of us who love a couch with a cat!!

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  28. I enjoy strong dark coffee (Folgers Black Silk). I also like Starbucks Flat White. I've recently discovered coconut oil in my coffee instead of cream and sweetener and I love it!
    My favorite place to read is lying in my bed or outside in my seat swing.

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    1. I've never been able to read in bed, except for when I was a kid and I would hide from Mom with a flashlight...I fall asleep.

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  29. I love to read a good book laying on my couch with the TV off and no one home.

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  30. I would love to read the book You are Loved. I think it was on page 4.

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  31. My favorite reading place is off my scooter and onto my recliner where my pups sit on my lap and I have my currant read sitting right next to me. My go to drink is hot chocolate as I am not a coffee drinker. If not that I am drinking water all the time as I have a nerve disease and take alot of meds which I have to drink alot of water during the day. Happy St. Patricks Day!

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    1. The luck o' the Irish to you!! Have you ever made hot chocolate from the Hersheys cocoa tin? Omgosh!!! so good!

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  32. My coffee of choice is a rich, dark Columbian. I drink it black. So good.

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  33. Altho my parents were heavy coffee drinkers from morning til night, I must admit I'm a tea drinker!
    I think my favorite place to read is an ocean-side beach chair.
    Corkscrew pasta is a favorite. There is some substance and it holds the sauce a little better!
    I enjoyed the article starting on pg 74. The favorite books of 2015.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Rottini!!! Yay!!! good stuff!! I love the beach too. Down here in Florida there are a lot to choose from. Which beach do you like?

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  34. I love to read early in the morning, sipping my coffee (black) on my front porch rocker. I live in the woods and really enjoy the solitude. My two cats usually join me, one on each side, with my dog at my feet as my makeshift footstool. Ahhh...quiet mornings are grand!

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    1. Grand indeed! With the birds singing and the smell of morning dew. Ahhh...I'd love to join you.

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  35. My favorite is Burmese Rich Instant Coffee, tried it for the first time in Myanmar two weeks ago.

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  36. Dark roast coffee straight up black and reading in my library on the leather wing back!
    Thanks

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  37. Question 2. My fav place to read is my comfy recliner & I would love to read this. Thanks.

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    1. I would love for you to read Messina! I fall asleep in a recliner. LOL

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  38. My favorite coffee is a pumpkin spice latte. I can't wait for fall when all the coffee shops have it!

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    1. Let me tell you how to make it! So a latte is a little coffee and a lot of milk. If you put a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice into your coffee grounds or half tsp straight into your coffee if your making instant. Sugar to taste you've got it. a $4 drink for pennies.

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  39. This is a fun interview. Thanks for sharing. My favorite pasta shape is ziti.
    Thanks for making me flip through the book. I had no idea! I liked "Writing with the Most High God" on page 30.

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    1. This is a fun interview. Nora has such a way about her! And what a great crowd. I love ziti too!

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  40. I love to cuddle up in my big, brown recliner with my baby sleeping next to me when reading.

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    1. Awwww!!! I love babies! Little boy or little girl?

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  41. I have a couple of favorite reading places. My green La-Z Boy in front of the big window that looks out into the woods behind our house is probably the main spot. I also love taking a book outside to our hammock but it has to be a LOT warmer than it is right now!!

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    1. Sounds so nice!!! I would NOT be reading in a hammock. I'd be napping!

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  42. Oh, and I loved the story about "A Poodle Named Macho". I could definitely relate to the dog that jumped onto the couch and squeezed himself between her and the arm of the couch. My son has a part Pit Bull Terrier who thinks she needs to sit in any chair I do. She, too, squeezes herself in whether she fits or not.

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  43. I like the small shells or Farfalle. Pasta is a favorite. Thanks for sharing the interview and for the contest.

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    1. Next time you make shells melt a small tub of ricotta cheese with 4tbsp of butter. Salt and pepper to taste. One of my favorites. If you add tomato sauce its even better.

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